Consultation on mobile library

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PUBLIC consultation has begun over a review of the mobile library service.

Northumberland County Council has already sent questionnaires to existing customers to seek their views on proposed changes to routes and timetables for the service.

And this week a formal six-week consultation exercise began to enable the general public to comment.

Council Executive Member for Libraries Neil Bradbury said: “We are suggesting some proposed changes to the service with the ultimate aim of creating a better and more consistent service for all of its users and safeguarding the long-term future of the mobile library service.

“We know, for example, that in some areas the service operates weekly and in other areas it operates on a three-week rota. There is also a large discrepancy in the length of time the vehicles stop in each location.

“We feel there is scope to revise the timetable and make the savings required without detriment to the service.”

He added: “We want to maximise the potential of the service and we hope too that we can attract more people to use it.”

The county’s mobile libraries currently serve around 4,500 customers in rural communities.

Consultation on proposed changes runs until Friday, December 30. To give your views visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/mobilelibraries or speak to a mobile library driver or local librarian.